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  • “Keeping the Promise” pension plan released

    “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: there will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for healthcare benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • ‘Freedom from smoking’ classes now in session at Three Rivers

    Smoking Cessation Classes started in Carroll County on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Don’t worry: you didn’t miss any deadlines. You can still join us and kick that tobacco habit. Classes are brought to you by Three Rivers District Health Department.

  • Pension framework lacks critical details, Rand says

    For most of the year, Gov. Matt Bevin has promised he would call a special legislative session to focus on making major changes to the retirement systems of our school employees and those who work for state and local governments.  We still have no specific date, but he and Republican leaders of the General Assembly did offer a framework last week of what they would like to see become law.

  • Hornback writes about governor’s proposed pension plan

    An ailing pension system threatening our state’s financial stability is the number one issue facing our great Commonwealth. As your State Senator, I have vowed to keep the pension promise to our teachers and public servants, and I am certain that the pension reform plan proposed by Gov. Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly will do just that.

  • Keeton offers three chili recipes to try this fall

    Hello once again, my friends. It’s crazy to think that we are already back to talking about cool/cold weather foods and all the wonderful comfort they bring. But time stands still for no man, they say, and the fact is, it’s time to curl up with some tasty, hearty food and embrace the season.

    With cool weather here there’s only one subject really to talk about when it comes to food: chili. The ultimate fall and winter food is back and, frankly, I couldn’t be any happier about it.

  • Celebrate the holidays locally this season
  • Kentucky continues to see progress after educational reform in 1990

    When taking the long view, Kentucky has covered quite a bit of ground since we overhauled elementary and secondary education in 1990.

    Several years ago, for example, a study out of Harvard University found that only seven states saw their schools make greater progress during the previous two decades.  Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts study, meanwhile, ranks Kentucky 16th when focused just on academic achievement.

  • Fall is a great time to evaluate goals, plan for the future

    Fall is here! It is pumpkin spice latte, sweater, boots, football, chili, apple picking, pumpkin patch weather. Well at least the calendar says so, even if the temperature gauge does not. I bet if you went back to see all of my columns published in October, they will all start with some sort of homage to fall, my favorite time of the year.

  • Help available for victims of domestic violence

    Each fall, just a few weeks before Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in October, many of the nation’s programs that serve those who have been battered or abused take a real-time census of their work over a 24-hour period.  By focusing on an otherwise normal day, we can better see the tragic reach of one of society’s most enduring problems.

  • Arney: Under eating can slow down fat loss

    When you begin a fat loss transformation, you are likely to be feeling highly motivated, so it can definitely be tempting to under eat and do excessive amounts of cardio to get a “head start.” I understand all of those things and the reasons for doing it, however it will potentially slow down your fat loss and it will eventually have a negative impact on your overall body composition.

    This is why...

    Suppressed metabolism